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The Award database is continually updated throughout the year. As a result, data for FY20 is not expected to be complete until September, 2021.

  1. Multifunctional Composites for Vehicles

    SBC: TRIMER LLC            Topic: 12d

    According to the U.S. Department of Energy’s Vehicle Technologies Office, a 10% reduction in vehicle weight can result in a 6% to 8% fuel-economy improvement. Replacing cast iron and traditional steel components with lightweight polymer composites can directly reduce the weight of a vehicle’s body and chassis by up to 50% and therefore reduce fuel consumption. Lightweighting in vehicle structu ...

    SBIR Phase I 2020 Department of Energy
  2. A Coupled Computational Modeling Approach for Fireside Heat Flux Optimization within Coal-fired Supercritical CO2 Power Cycles

    SBC: Reaction Engineering International            Topic: 25c

    Supercritical CO2 (sCO2) power cycles have the potential to deliver high efficiency, low-cost, water-free operation for coal-fired power generation. To achieve these high efficiency levels, design temperatures of the working fluid (both furnace inlet and turbine inlet) and the secondary/combustion air are typically higher than for steam-based power cycles. Therefore, to avoid exceeding tube temper ...

    SBIR Phase I 2020 Department of Energy
  3. Distributed Optical Sensing Platform for Subsea Cable Monitoring and Fault Detection

    SBC: Sequent Logic, LLC            Topic: 14b

    In offshore wind energy production, operational expenditures account for approx. 25% of the levelized cost of energy (LCOE). Reducing maintenance costs would allow offshore wind energy to compete more favorably with alternative forms of power generation. Structural health monitoring (SHM) and fault detection systems hold the promise of reducing operational costs by allowing a transition from sched ...

    SBIR Phase I 2020 Department of Energy
  4. Enabling the broader use of MOOSE for nuclear energy and other simulation

    SBC: Coreform LLC            Topic: 37d

    In a world plagued by the environmental and health effects of air pollution, a migration from fossil fuels to clean energy such as nuclear will help mitigate emission levels. Doing so in an optimal way will require increased use of high-end computer simulation to test and prepare new facilities. Unfortunately, today’s most powerful simulation tools and processes are so complex they are inaccessi ...

    SBIR Phase I 2020 Department of Energy
  5. Capture of Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide

    SBC: Precision Combustion, Inc.            Topic: 20b

    Our approach for Direct Air Capture (DAC) builds on PCI’s success with flue gas capture which demonstrated 75% energy savings compared to operation with methylethanolamine (MEA)-based systems. In Phase I of the project we will optimize and modify our current nanomaterial composites to make them suitable for conditions typical of DAC – 400 ppmv CO2, variable humidity and temperature. Through a ...

    SBIR Phase I 2020 Department of Energy
  6. Fabrication and Testing of Advanced Fuels for Lead and Sodium Cooled Fast Reactors

    SBC: Niowave, Inc.            Topic: 37b

    To meet future energy requirements, the Generation IV International Forum charted the direction of nuclear reactor development by identifying key reactor systems for development. These new reactor systems are meant to optimize safety, efficiency, sustainability, and proliferation resistance for economically viable nuclear energy. Sodium (Na) cooled and lead (Pb) cooled reactors (LFR and SFR respec ...

    SBIR Phase I 2020 Department of Energy
  7. Conversion of CO2 into Synthetic Graphite

    SBC: Seerstone Development LLC            Topic: 22b

    Carbon Dioxide (CO2) can be utilized as a source for producing synthetic graphite. Our method converts CO2 into solid carbon. These CO2-sourced solid carbon have an anisotropic property that allow them to be graphitized into synthetic graphite. Our patented thermal catalytic process uses carbon dioxide and hydrogen as the feedstocks for the reaction, producing solid carbon material, with distilled ...

    SBIR Phase I 2020 Department of Energy
  8. Advanced Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Components Enabled through Additive Manufacturing

    SBC: Precision Combustion, Inc.            Topic: 24b

    Most of the current state of the art solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) stacks are assembled using planar cells, interconnects, gaskets, and insulators in a sequence that requires high level of precision and accuracy. For such conventional assembly approaches, the relatively high manufacturing cost is a key hurdle that prevents the widespread commercialization or adoption of SOFC systems. We are proposi ...

    SBIR Phase I 2020 Department of Energy
  9. Context-Aware Robotic Trash Boom

    SBC: Visionary Products, Inc.            Topic: 13d

    Floating trash in rivers is a major source of pollution for larger bodies of water like oceans and lakes. Rain can wash litter into rivers and canals, where it makes its way down into sensitive ecosystems, hurting both animal life and making beaches and shore-lines unsightly. Several American cities have set goals to reduce or eliminate the waste found in their natural bodies of water. Achieving t ...

    SBIR Phase I 2020 Department of Energy
  10. Novel Process for CO2 capture from natural gas fueled SOFC generators

    SBC: Precision Combustion, Inc.            Topic: 24c

    The United States has demonstrated a growing focus on renewable energy; however, fossil fueled energy sources still constitute over 80% of energy use in the United States. Fossil fuels will remain of driving importance in energy use, so identifying means to enhance clean and efficient power generating with fossil fuels remains a driving force. Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (SOFC) systems offer an opportun ...

    SBIR Phase I 2020 Department of Energy
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